Police Chief Makes Bizarre Move That’s Being Called ‘The Height Of Anti-Gun Stupidity’

The Honolulu police department recently made a change in the brand of firearm issued to its officers, but the new policy has led to an act of “anti-gun stupidity” that has taxpayers aghast at the massive waste of tax dollars.

The Honolulu police department had 2,300 Smith & Wesson, 9MM handguns in its arsenal, but the department decided to change over to the lighter, cheaper, easier to care for Glock 17.

Usually a department faced with such a policy change will either give its arsenal to a smaller department that might need the help or auction off the guns to law-abiding gun owners in the public, thereby helping to defray costs for the new firearms and save taxpayers some cash.

Many hundreds of the Smith & Wesson handguns in the Honolulu arsenal were still brand new in unopened boxes; but instead of following the budget-conscious and responsible practice of nearly every police agency in the U.S. and donating them or auctioning them off to the public, the Honolulu police department actually destroyed the hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of perfectly functioning and safe firearms.

The city’s mayor puffed up his decision as an act of “public safety.”

“Mayor Kirk Caldwell and the Honolulu Police Department agreed that they would not allow the guns to be sold to the general public and end up on the streets of Honolulu,” Honolulu Police spokeswoman Michelle Yu said. “The same goes for selling the individual gun parts that could have been used to assemble a gun.”

Properly selling the unwanted firearms could have brought in proceeds of nearly $580,000; but it was not to be as all the arms were destroyed.

The mayor even refused to allow the city to sell the guns to its own officers.

Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, called the move wasteful and said it was “the height of anti-gun stupidity and will not stop one criminal from getting a weapon.”

“These guns in the hands of lawful civilians could provide an important means of self-defense, especially for low income people who can’t afford them,” Gottlieb told the media. “Or the sale of them could help pay for much needed law enforcement equipment to help keep the public safe.”

Many Hawaiians also criticized the waste of over half a million dollars worth of firearms.

The Hawaii Rifle Association’s president, Harvey Gerwig, sent a letter to Mayor Caldwell decrying the waste and pointing out that the move was also spiteful of law-abiding gun owners.

“The reason your office and HPD gave for not selling to the public seemed to be a slight on those legal gun owners who would have purchased them and who supported you during your election,” Gerwig’s letter read. “You should be ashamed for suggesting that the good citizens of Hawaii cannot be trusted with buying HPD’s surplus guns for fear of them falling into criminal hands when record numbers of firearms have been bought by those same citizens for the last ten years without any such problems.”

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Equipping You With The Truth

Hawaii’s Healthcare Exchange Could Shut Down Next Year

Hawaii’s Obamacare exchange is in danger of shutting down by next year, despite a $205 million investment. The governor’s office has sent a proposal to try and salvage it.

Officials with the Hawaii Health Connector said in a report last week that the state will not “provide sufficient support” for the exchange through FY 2016, which ends on June 30, 2016, according to Insurancenewsnet.

Because of that, “the Connector can no longer operate in a manner that would cause it to incur additional debts or other obligations for which it is unable to pay,” said the report, which was prepared by officials with the nonprofit.

“Staff reductions will commence immediately, with the executive director (Jeff Kissel) exiting once the bulk of operational activities end,” the report said.  “If the state cannot facilitate an orderly transition, the Connector’s operations will abruptly end, as the Connector does not have the resources to continue operations.”

Of the roughly $204 million in federal grants the program has received to establish an exchange, all but about $70 million has been spent, according to Pacific Business News.

Fox News pointed out that Oregon, Massachusetts, Maryland, Vermont, New Mexico, and Nevada have already shut down their state-based exchanges, despite a federal investment of $4.5 billion. The network notes another staggering fact:

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has already restricted grant funds to the Hawaii Health Connector, after telling officials in March it was out of compliance with the Affordable Care Act because of fiscal instability and ongoing IT issues.

Gov. David Ige, a Democrat, submitted a contingency plan to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) earlier this week to save the exchange, Ige spokeswoman Jodi Leong told Pacific Business News Wednesday:

The CMS will review the draft and provide feedback to assist the state in finalizing the plan. No dates have been set for further action. As we discussed, the plan is in draft form and therefore will not be released at this time.

The plan would affect about 37,000 to 40,000 people currently on the exchange.

“There are other states that are using the federal healthcare.gov website on a temporary basis while they build on their own technology,” Hawaii Health Connector Executive Director Kissel said. “That option is open to us, but whether or not we do the same has not been decided yet by the administration.”

h/t: Americans for Tax Reform

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Democrat “Disgusted” By Homeless People

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Hawaii is a place so completely run by Democrats that they can sometimes forget “the cameras are on.” Because death or actual incarnation are the only ways a Democrat in Hawaii can lose his/her seat, they can afford to be their true phony selves without fear of Election Day problems.

All their talk about protecting the weak and downtrodden in society – the kind only aimed at Republicans on the mainland – is dispensed with when they are truly alone as they are in the Aloha State.  A recent report reminds us of this.

Secure in the electoral safety of living thousands of miles from America’s mainland, Democrat State Rep. Tom Brower, a homeless hating thug, has started his own campaign against homeless Hawaiians. He roams the streets of his district day and night with a sledgehammer; and upon spotting what he deems to be a “homeless” shopping cart (even if it contains someone’s personal possessions), he smashes it as a warning to homeless people to die or somehow disappear.

In a move reminiscent of the free Greyhound bus trips Old South Democrats offered to rid themselves of African Americans, he encourages his prey to take one of the free flights to the mainland the compassionate Democrats offer.

The proud Democrat had this to say about his crusade against defenseless homeless people:

“If I see shopping carts that I can’t identify, I will destroy them so they can’t be pushed on the streets. I want to do something practical that will really clean up the streets. If someone is sleeping at night on the bus stop, I don’t do anything, but if they are sleeping during the day, I’ll walk up and say, ‘Get your ass moving.”

By his own estimate, he has destroyed at least thirty carts in just the past two weeks.

Brower’s savagery begs these questions: Can you imagine what would be happening if he had an R after his name? Have you noticed that, as is always the case when a Democrat is in the White House, there are NO homeless people in Washington D.C.?

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Lesbian Votes Against “Gay Marriage” Bill

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Hawaii has legalized same-gender marriage. The Aloha State gays have been handed everything they demanded; but alas, they are not happy. It seems like they never are.

During the public hearings on the question of gay marriage (SB 1), people lined up (and in some cases waited four days) to exercise their right to speak for just two minutes as they expressed their opinion on the matter.

Although everyone knew the outcome was a foregone conclusion that would see the gays winning the day, the hearings and subsequent final vote produced an unexpected result. After actually listening to the points the speakers made, lesbian State Representative Jo Jordan voted “No.”

While Hawaii is a super stronghold of liberalism, a stray “No” vote on an issue like this is not surprising unless it comes from an open lesbian. Jordan explained that she came to the hearing with an open mind; but after listening to explanations of the damage SB 1 would do to churches, she concluded that it would not be “protective enough” of the rights of Hawaii’s conservative minorities. Seeing there was neither a way nor a will to address these concerns, Jordan became the first openly gay legislator in America to vote against a gay marriage bill. Her vote popped the lid off a Pandora’s Box of reactions from both sides that surprised her.

Although she had expected to be attacked by the religious right, nothing of the sort happened. Instead, she was politely thanked for “at least listening.” It was the people from her own LGBT community that unleashed a torrent of bile and hatred toward her that“took her aback.”

The attacks opened Jordan’s eyes. She reports having thought, “Wow, so much for minorities that have been suppressed.”

The lesson here is nothing new to those of us on the Right.  We know the Left demands absolutely 100 percent worship of their issues and never allows diversity of thought or speech.  This is especially true when they push their own people against a wall and “get in their face,” as Barack Obama has recommended.

Unfortunately, their intimidation works every time we let it.